Many homes in Steamboat Springs have a sump pump. A sump pump removes water from a basement or crawl space. Because we have a lot of snow melting in a short amount of time, many homes in Steamboat rely on a sump pump to stay dry.
Fortunately, a sump pump requires little maintenance, until it stops working. There are 2 ways for a sump pump to stop working:
1. Sump pump breaks ( which they do )
2. The power goes out ( which it does )
Many thanks to Charles Buell, a real estate inspector for providing a lot of this information.
Here’s a great solution to the problem of what to do with a sump pump system when the pump breaks or the power goes out.
The back-up system is water-supply driven. How this works is that there is a secondary pump that is powered by the house water supply. While this uses a bit of city water to drive the pump, it will keep your basement or crawl space from becoming a swimming pool.
The system just sits there doing nothing as long as the electric sump pump is functioning. The float that activates the back-up system is set higher in the sump than the float for the primary sump pump. Water reaching the higher float would be interpreted as failure of the primary pump by the back-up system.
The picture shows what the apparatus looks like. One can see where the water supply goes through the back-flow prevention device and down to the back-up pump. The back-flow device is required to prevent water in the sump from being sucked back into the house and/or city water supply under negative pressure.
Relative to the cost of damage that can be caused by failed sump pumps, the cost of these systems is quite reasonable. You can expect to pay around $150.00 for the water powered sump pump, $100.00 for the back-flow valve, plus the labor and other materials necessary to complete the job.
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